You might wonder, what’s the catch of this app?
Of course Pluto TV cannot offer a free app without monetizing it somehow.
They do it by offering the app as an ad-supported service, meaning you will not be to get around commercials interrupting your shows and movies.
In our many years of app development, we’ve found ad-supported services to work well for TV streaming apps who do not want to offer subscriptions – the monetization method we’re most often asked include for our app clients.
But if you’re already used to an old-fashioned cable TV subscription or just like free things, that may be benign to you.
The commercial variation is limited, so you’re likely to see the same ads often if you use Pluto TV daily. It also seems like there is no pattern to how commercials are shown. Sometimes you’ll have to watch commercials before a show starts and other times it starts streaming right away.
How do you use the Pluto TV app?
On app launch it’ll immediately start playing a pre-defined TV channel in the upper 1/3 screen space on your smart phone.
In the bottom task bar you’ll have two options; Live TV and On Demand.
The app defaults to Live TV which is set up like a cable package with a channel guide listing shows playing on various times throughout the day.
Live TV in the app
The Live TV channels are categorized into Paramount+ Picks, Featured, Movies, Entertainment, News + Opinion, Reality, Comedy, Home + DIY, Sports and much more. There’s a shortcut menu just above the channel line-up, so you can click any category and quickly jump to it.
You’ll be able to recognize some of the channels names such as CBSN, CNN, SkyNews, BBC Food, Comedy Central and Bloomberg, but most are labeled based on their content, such as CourtTV, AFV, This Old House, and MLB.
The channels are often a mix of the most popular shows taken from the official TV and movie providers website and bundled into the relevant categories.
Watch on-demand movies and TV-shows when you want to
If you feel like watching a specific TV-show or movie, click on the On Demand button in the lower right corner of your app.
On the on-demand screen you can sort by Most Popular Movies, Top TV Series, New Movies This Month, Recently Added Series, Last Chance to Watch and categories such as Action, Sitcoms, TV Dramas, Comedy, Documentaries, MLB, Drama, Sci-Fi and much more. We counted over 60 categories before giving up.